Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 March 2015 (Tales from the Inhabited Worlds)

Cover design by Glass Knife Press Technical Services.

Cover design by Glass Knife Press Technical Services.

I am Temn yr Astok, and at this late date it does not matter who my parents were, or who sponsored their marriage. I am the Astok great-clan, pure and simple, except for a few rivalrous upstarts.

There are days I envy the Immortal of T-7, who can order assassinations at will. Our ancestors went through a period where that was customary, and then the practice was banned. Karis is nominally a republic, though the great-clans are the more important pieces on the board.

Not as important as they ought to be, but that is another story. That takes us out beyond Karis, where I have now sent my faithful emissary, Iric Desnaray yr Astok. I created him, and he has the wit to know it, and obeys me.

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Excerpt from “Notes for the Memoirs of the First Galactic Emperor,” in Tales from the Inhabited Worlds.

Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from many different writers. For the full selection, see here.

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4 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 1 March 2015 (Tales from the Inhabited Worlds)

  1. Kate Warren says:

    Interesting set up you’ve created. I’m curious to know more about the great clans and the Immortal of the T-7.

  2. The glimpses of this fully formed world are always fascinating and I’m reluctant to read the last word each time because I want to know MORE. Excellent excerpt!

  3. Quite a world you’re building!

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I love the offhanded way your narrator mentions that assassinations at will have been banned.

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